Gannon University Student Wins Portiuncula Foundation Nursing Scholarship Award
Posted: September 11, 2014
Gannon University nursing student Heather Wilson has been
honored with a Major Helen C. Humenansky Nursing Scholarship from
the Portiuncula Foundation.
The $1,000 scholarship, one of two awarded this year, is given to a senior undergraduate or graduate
nursing student at an accredited Catholic educational institution
in western Pennsylvania.
The Portiuncula Foundation was founded in 2003 to support
efforts to advance health and well-being in communities where the
Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities live and work.
The scholarship was established by Major Humenansky's family in
1993 at the former St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing in
Pittsburgh. Major Helen C. Humenansky, a graduate of St. Francis
School of Nursing, joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1942 and served
for 20 years.
Wilson is a graduate of Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo, N.Y. She
is a member of P.A.T.C.H.E.S. (Promoting Awareness Towards A
Community of Healthy Educated Students), Alpha Tau Delta and Phi
Eta Sigma National Honor Societies and served on Gannon
University's Student Government Association. Wilson received a paid
nursing internship this summer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in
"I am very thankful for this scholarship," she said. "I like to
think I try my hardest in everything I do and being awarded this
scholarship proves my efforts are paying off. Being a student has
always been a top priority for me, not only because I love to
learn, but because I realize how important it is to master the
skills necessary to become an effective nurse."